Sem Fabrizi, the head of the European Union’s Delegation in Belgrade said that “the Venice Commission’s clear stand is that the election legislation should not be changed in the election year,” but Serbia's Parliament is due to introduce some in two days, N1 reported.
Asked about the idea to lower election threshold ahead of the vote, Fabrizi told reporters in Serbia's Parliament that “any change in election legislative implies public debate.”
He referred to the motion to reduce the election threshold from five percent that had been in place since 1992, to three percent three months before the general vote scheduled for April 26.
Some journalists and experts have warned about the idea behind the lessening of the threshold, reading the move as an attempt to reduce the possible effect of the election boycott by the main opposition parties.
The participants in the dialogue between the ruling coalition parties and some minor opposition organisations under the European Parliament auspices said the issue had never been on the agenda.
Nevertheless, Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic, also the leader of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), has recently launched the idea of the three percent threshold “to return the democracy into the Parliament.”
A few days later, his SNS MPs submitted the motion to lower the threshold to three percent, and the Parliament should discuss it on Thursday.